Sadiya Akram's research is concerned with debates on agency, focusing primarily on the role of the unconscious and its interplay with agential capacities. Sadiya is also interested in the intersection between theories of agency and understandings of politics and political behaviour. The social and political theory of Pierre Bourdieu continues to be a focal point of her research.
Sadiya's teaching draws on these themes and at MMU she is responsible for convening the 1st Year unit Political Concepts and Ideologies and the 3rd year unit Political Theory Since 1918.
Sadiya is the author of a forthcoming monograph entitled Agency and Contemporary Forms of Political Behaviour: Three Case studies which is due to be published in 2018 by Routledge.
Sadiya began her academic career with a PhD at the University of Birmingham. She then went on to posts at IGPA, University of Canberra, and SPIR, Queen Mary University, before joining Manchester Met in 2017.
Sadiya is the Participation and Engagement officer for the PSA Anti-politics specialist group.
PhD in Political Science - University of Birmingham (2011)
MA (distinction) in Political Science Research Methods - University of Birmingham (2006)
BA (distinction) Sociology - University of Birmingham (2004)
Lecturer in Politics - Queen Mary University of London (2015-2017)
Post-doctoral Researcher - IGPA, University of Canberra (2013-2014)
Engagement and Participation Officer for PSA Anti-politics Specialist Group
Akram, S. (2019). Re-thinking Contemporary Political Behaviour: The Difference that Agency Makes. London: Routledge.
Akram, S. (2017). Representative bureaucracy and unconscious bias: Exploring the unconscious dimension of active representation. Public Administration. Vol. 96 (1). pp. 119-133.
Akram, S, Emerson, G and Marsh, D. (2016). (Re)Conceptualising the Third Face of Power: Insights from Bourdieu and Foucault. Journal of Political Power. Vol 8 (3) pp. 345-362.
Akram, S and Marsh, D (2016). Co-edited Special Issue. Introduction: Political Participation and Citizen Engagement: Beyond the Mainstream. Policy Studies. Vol 36(6). pp. 523-531.
Akram, S & McCaffrie, B. (2015) Crisis of democracy? Recognising the democratic potential of alternative forms of political participation. Democratic Theory. Vol 1 (2) pp. 47-55.
Akram, S and Hogan, A. (2015). On Reflexivity and the Conduct of the Self in Everyday Life: Reflections on Bourdieu and Archer. British Journal of Sociology. Vol 66 (4) pp. 606-625.
Marsh, D, Akram, S and Birkett, H. (2015). The Structural Power of Business: Taking Structure, Agency and Ideas Seriously. Business and Politics.
Akram, S. (2014). Recognising the 2011 UK Riots as Political Protest: A Theoretical Framework based on Agency, Habitus and the Pre-conscious. British Journal of Criminology. pp. 375-392.
Akram, S. and Marsh, D. (2014). The Thatcher Legacy in Perspective. British Politics. Vol. 10, 52-63. pp. 52-63
Akram, S. (2012). Fully Unconscious and Prone to Habit: The Characteristics of Agency in the Structure and Agency Dialectic. Journal for the Theory for Social Behaviour. Vol. 43 (1). pp.45-65.
Akram, S. Marsh, D. and McCaffrie, B. (2014). ‘Crisis Talks, Are We Listening? A Crisis of Apathy or Engagement: Interrogating Trends in Political Participation’ in Richards, D. ed. Institutional Crisis in Twenty First Century Britain. London: Palgrave.
Akram, S. (2014). 38 Degrees. Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics. Harvey, K (ed.) Sage.
Akram, S. (2014). A Methodology for Accessing the Pre-conscious: Obstacles to Senior Women’s Career Progression. SAGE Cases in Methodology. London: Sage.
Akram, S. (2012). ‘Riots’ or ‘Urban Disorders’? The Case for Re-Politicizing Urban Disorders in Furlong, A (ed.) Handbook of Youth and Young Adulthood. London: Routledge
Research Fellow at IGPA, Univeristy of Canberra.
Member of Political Science Association (PSA)